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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 23, 2007 4:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Bruce Almighty!

How are things, fellow countryman?

You could do worse than dip into this show (which I've banged on about before). www.archive.org/details/gd90-10-31.sbd.ladner.8070.sbeok.shnf
It was the last time I ever saw the Grateful Dead live and the only time I ever saw Hornsby with them. Garcia's guitar playing is revitalised by having to lift his game to keep up with an effervescent Hornsby and the whole thing fairly cracks like a whip. Jerry's voice is totally shot in a melancholy way that actually works in the right songs - for example on a very affecting Stella Blue. There's a strange mix of intrumental strength and vocal vulnerability.

Meanwhile, the hunt goes on for that elusive bootleg copy of Jimmy Shand plays the Grateful Dead...

;-)

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Nov 23, 2007 7:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Bruce Almighty!

Hiya Rob. Things are good this bright crispy morning. Just been for a walk in the park to shake the cobwebs from my shoes. I trust things are tickety-boo with you too.

Funny you mentioning Jimmy Shand because I'd been thinking of him when I made the post. Other names that come to mind are Jim Johnstone, Bobby McLeod and Phil Cunningham of Silly Wizard and there was a lad who made the accordion sound like bagpipes but that's for another thread. With Aly Bain on fiddle.

I remember you plugging the Wembley show but never got round to giving it an ear so I'm remedying that now. Sounds sweet so far with Bruce up in the mix. And its also synchronous that you mentioned that melancholy quality in Jerry's vocals because when I'm in a melancholy frame of mind, Jerry's vocals seem to express exactly what I'm feeling ...an example, So Many Roads 95-03-27 - Omni, where he ends the song with a sound like the crying of the wind http://www.archive.org/details/gd95-03-27.sbd.3194.sbeok.shnf

p.s. Wrote this earlier but got hijacked before I could post
:¬)
Another favourite Bruce show is 90-09-16 at MSG - Stand-out Morning Dew and He's Gone - I love the violin/synth? - who?
http://www.archive.org/details/gd90-09-16.schoeps-fob.sacks.9435.sbeok.shnf

Love to hear of any other shows with a guest fiddler.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 23, 2007 8:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Bruce Almighty!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXDqaMNL-h0&mode=related&search=

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Nov 23, 2007 8:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Bruce Almighty!

Wow bluedevil, thats my uncle he's singing about. His Jimmy Shand 78's were more precious than his kids :¬)
and that little riff he plays at the end is from one of Jimmy's biggest hits, The Bluebell Polka.

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Poster: snori Date: Nov 23, 2007 6:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Bruce Almighty!

Hi Jerrob, Rob,

I was at Wembley on the 30th, so I got to hear a 'Valley Road' which obviously I didn't recognise at the time. I liked Bruce's piano contributions to the band (I actually like the piano solo in 'The way it is'), but most of the recordings I've heard where he plays accordion it seems so low in the mix that it's impossible to tell if it's good or not.

Now I'm going back to the black place I've been in since Wednesday night. I hope 'schadenfreude' is not in your vocabulary, dictionary, or personalities.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Nov 23, 2007 7:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Bruce Almighty!

Schadenfreude was not a part of my vocubulary until you posted it. I hope all is well.

And a very happy 53rd to Bruce. It occurred to me when I read that this morning that I've had the good fortune of seeing him perform numerous times, all Dead-related---two or three Furthur Festivals with at least a couple that were multi-show tours for me. I think it was under the name of The Other Ones that I saw them do a version of The Way It Is at Deer Creek that was absolutely monumental.

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Poster: snori Date: Nov 23, 2007 9:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Bruce Almighty!

Bryan, glad (not) to help with the vocabulary. Is that Other Ones TWIS available anywhere ?

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Poster: BryanE Date: Nov 23, 2007 9:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Bruce Almighty!

I'm just about the worst archivist on this forum, so someone more equipped than I better field that question. It would be nice to know, though. I'd love to hear it again.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Nov 23, 2007 7:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Bruce Almighty!

Bet you had a better time at Wembley in 1990 then you would have done on Wednesday. I have to admit that schadenfreude is prominent in the Scotsman's vocabulary when the English take a tumble. It's nothing personal you understand, but the rituals have to observed.

I see there are suggestions that we offshore minnows have a little jumpers-for-goalposts tournament amongst ourselves while the big boys get on with the real thing without us. Hey ho, at least this makes a change from wading through interminable posts about baseball, eh?

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Poster: snori Date: Nov 23, 2007 9:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Bruce Almighty!

Understood Rob. I thought I'd be playing rousing versions of "Dancin' in the streets" all Thursday morning, but instead I've been rewriting "U.S.Blues' along the lines of "Euro '08 Blues" (can you use them old ...)

Meanwhile I'll spend the early part of this evening checking out other 1990 shows for the birthday boy's contributions.

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Nov 23, 2007 7:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Happy Birthday Bruce Almighty!

Snori: my commiseration over black wednesday. I reckon the wailing and gnashing of teeth still resonates throughout the land. TFIF and footie fans can drown their sorrows tonight...not to mention all those mourning the loss of their cash cow. I recommend 95-03-23 if you want to wallow in melancholia while enjoying a sympathetic Bruce :¬)